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Ancient Greek, South Arabian, Sabaean, Silver Owl Drachm, 354-340 BC

This coin type was admired and used by many lands, classed as 'in the style of Attica' our example comes from Arabia.

 

Obverse: head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet and earring, eye in profile; ? Arabian letter N on cheek

Reverse: AQE with owl standing right, head facing olive spray and crescent moon in upper field

4.85g, 15mm x 4mm. Grade: VF.

Ref: Van Alfen 111
Prov: Ex TimeLine Auctions, see Wildwinds (this coin) (http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/greece/arabia/himyarites/i.html), previously from a London collection, before that a Swiss collection. 
 
£150 (+P&P to UK, other locations ask first please)

Psidia, Selge, Silver Obol, Gorgon/Athena, 350-300 BC

 

 

Obverse: Gorgon facing with tongue sticking out

 

Reverse: Helmeted head of Athena, right

10mm, 0.92g

Grade: VF+, great detail on this very small coin

Ref: SNG von Aulock 5268

 

Alternative Gorgon coins are available on the Copper pages

 

 

 £80 SOLD

 

Psidia, Selge, Silver Obol, Gorgon/Athena,

300-190 BC

 

 

Obverse: Head of Gorgon facing 

 

Reverse: Helmeted head of Athena, right, spearhead and astragalos behind head 

10mm, 0.67g

Grade: VF+, great detail on this very small coin

Ref: SNG von Aulock 5279; type S 5479

 

Alternative Gorgon coins are available on the Copper pages

 

 

 £90 (FREE P&P to UK, other locations please ask) #2

 

Illyria, Dyrrhachion, AR Drachm, Cow and Calf,  Kerdon and Kallenos Magistrates,

Circa 250-200 BC

 

Obverse: Cow standing right, looking back at suckling calf standing below, ΜΕΝΙΣΚΟΣ

Reverse: Double stellate pattern in double linear square; ΔYP above, Λ[Y]-[KIΣ]-[KO]Υ around; all within linear circle border

Ref: HGC 3 40

16mm, 2.67g

Grade: Almost VF, slight weakness to one side

 

 

£90 SOLD #189

Sicily, Syracuse, Silver Tetradrachm, Second Democracy, Charioteer/Arethusa, c460-440 BC

 

 

Obverse: Charioteer walking horse drawn chariot, holding reins in each hand, Nike above, flying right, holding wreath; ketos below

Reverse: Head of Arethusa right, hair twisted and bound into a chgnon at nape, wearing beaded headband, earring an pearl necklace, four dolphins around, ?ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙ-O-N

24mm, 17.09g

Grade: Very fine

Ref: B530, SNG ANS 169var

 

 

£1,300 (Delivery FREE to UK, other locations please ask first)

 

 Calabria, Tarentum, Silver Drachm, 302-281BC

 

 

Obverse: Head of Athena left, wearing crested helmet ornamented with Skylla hurling a rock, EY below

Reverse: Owl facing standing on thunderbolt with wings open; ΣΩ upwards to right, [ΔIO] beneath thunderbolt, [TAPANTINΩN]

3.10g, 16mm

Grade: Extremely fine

Ref: HN Italy 1018

 

£600 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations ask)

Ancient Greek, Cilicia, Tarsos, Silver Stater, Balakros, 333-323 BCE, Athena

Balakros was the satrap of Cilicia under Alexander III (the Great). 

Obverse: Facing bust of Athena, draped, wearing triple-crested helmet and necklace

10.83g, 25mm

Grade: Very Fine, interesting test cut.
Reverse: Baaltars seated left on throne, torso facing, holding lotus-tipped sceptre in right hand, left hand holding chlamys at the waist; grain stalk and bunch of grapes to left, ivy leaf above B to right, monogram beneath throne. 
Prov: Ex a private UK collection, previously Roma Numismatics.
 
£540 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask first)

Attia, Athens, Silver Tetradrachm, c454-404BC, Athena/Owl

 

 

Obverse: Head of Athena, right, wearing creasted Attic helmet

Reverse: Owl standing, right, olive sprig and crescent behind

26mm, 17.16g

Grade: VF+, ancient bankers slight punch mark on cheek, beautiful owl!

 

 

£680 SOLD

Macedonia as a Roman Province. A Greatly Historical Coin Exhibiting Two Languages. Aesillas as Quaestor, Silver Tetradrachm, 95-70BC

 

 

Obv: Head of Alexander the Great, right, with horn of Ammon and flowing hair, MAKEΔ[ONΩN] beneath, Θ behind

 

Rev: Money-chest (cista or fiscus), club and chair, AESILLAS and Q  above, within olive-wreath

14.083g, 28mm

Ref: SNG Cop 1330

Grade: VF, slight weakness to lower edge

Note: A remarkable coin produced by the Romans to appeal to the Macedonians. Both Greek and Latin are displayed, and the power of Rome is also demonstrated with the tax collectors name and tools of his trade on the reverse! This coin could be equally shown on the Roman or Alexander pages!

 

£370  (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask)

Macedon, Akanthos, SIlver Tetrobol, 470-390BC

 

 

Obv: Forepart of bull left, head looking back ΠE above

Rev: Shallow quadripartite incuse square

 

2.02g, 15mm

Ref: S1369var

Grade: VF+ a beautiful little coin

 

 

£220 SOLD

A Very Rare Example of An Unusual Coin from Bruttium!

Kroton, Silver Third Stater, 530-500BC

 

 

Obverse: Delphic tripod with three handles, with legs terminating in lion's paws, with ornaments on and serpents rising from the bowl, QPO to left.

Reverse: Unusual incuse, legs terminating in indents symbolising lion's paws.

Ref: SNG ANS 298-9 

1.71g, 20mm

Grade: Very fine, very rare.

Prov: ex Roma Numismatics, previously an private European collection.

 

 

£300  (+P+P)

Caria, Rhodos, Silver Drachm, c88BC-14AD

 

 

Obv: Radiate head of Helios facing slightly to right.

Rev: Rose seen from above, pal, grain ear and P-O around.

 

An extrodinary piece of art work, a must for every serious collector. Ex Leu Numismatics, Switzerland.

21mm,4.14g

Ref: HGC 6,1456

Grade: Extremely fine with a few minor scrapes

£345  (+P&P)

Cilicia, Soloi, Balakros, Satrap of Cilicia, Silver Stater, 361-334BC

 

Obverse: Baaltars seated left on throne, torso facing, holding lotus-tipped sceptre in right hand, left hand holding chlamys at his waist; grain ear and grape bunch to left, monogram below throne indicating Soloi mint. 

Reverse: Draped bust of Athena facing slightly left, wearing triple-crested Attic helmet and necklace. 

 

24mm,10.99g

Grade: VF despite heavy test cut.

 

 

£200 (+P&P)

Wonderful Example of the Natural Alloy of Gold and Silver, Electrum

Lesbos, Mytilene, Electrum Hekte, 375-326BC

 

 

Obverse: Laureate head of Apollo, right.

 

 

Reverse: Head of female, right, within linear square.

Ref: HGC6,1021

2.52g,10mm, 2h

Grade: Near Extremely Fine

Prov: Ex Roma Numismatics

 

 

 £350 SOLD

 

One of the Nicest Pieces of Greek Art!

Macedon Under Roman Protectorate, First Meris, 167-148BC, Amphipolis, Tetradrachm

 

Obverse: Diademed head of Artemis right, with bow and quiver over shoulder, all in centre of macedonian shield.

Rev: Club within oak wreath; monograms above and below, thunderbolt to left.

Ref: SNG Cop 1314

16.85g, 32mm

Grade Very fine +

 

 

 

£360 SOLD

                     
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